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Greetings Alumni,

This past Saturday I visited the Whitney Museum not only to see the Edward Hopper exhibition, but also to take in the city from the Museum’s top floors. This view is one of my favorites in autumn when the tree tops of the High Line look like someone has drawn a comb through their branches. Back on the sidewalk, a little more windswept than when I had entered, I noticed the tangle of enormous leaves underneath the elevated tracks.    

I hope you too are indulging in your favorite fall sights and sites. Please continue sharing your news, either by email or through the online form. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you!

Best wishes,
Rachael Schwabe (MA ‘20)

Alumni Spotlight

Sonya Abrego (PhD ‘15) is marking the publication of her first book, Westernwear: Postwar American Fashion and Culture with a reading and conversation with Dr. Hazel Clark at FIT. Sonya’s launch event will take place Friday November 18 in FIT’s Katie Murphy Amphitheatre (no RSVP required). And in the meantime, you can follow Sonya’s work @postwarwesternwear. Congratulations, Sonya!

In other book news, Freyja Hartzell’s (MA ‘04) book, Richard Riemerschmid’s Extraordinary Living Things has been published by MIT. Congratulations, Freyja! 

Eva Labson (MA ‘08) has accepted the role of General Manager and Head of the Antonio Ratti Textile Study and Storage Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Congratulations, Eva!

Select Career Opportunities

Christie’s is hiring a Cataloguer, Decorative Arts.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission is accepting applications for a Consultant/Urban Archaeologist

The Rubin Museum of Art seeks a Coordinator, Editorial & Digital Content (Hybrid).

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums has opened a search for an Executive Director. Application materials are due by November 30.

Nashville Metro Arts has openings for a Public Art Project Coordinator (due by November 28) and an Arts Strategic Funding & Initiatives Manager, Arts Commission (due by November 21).

Austin History Center is hiring an Exhibit Coordinator. Application materials are due by November 20.

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is in need of an Education Specialist (Outreach). Application materials are due by December 2. 

The Museums at Washington and Lee University seeks to hire a Guest Curator (contracted position) for their upcoming exhibition on Pueblo Pottery. Act now if you’re interested: Isra El-beshir, Director of the Museums, began reviewing applications November 7!

The Art History Program in the Art Department at American University is accepting proposals for their Eighth Feminist Art History Conference. Application materials are due by December 1.

The Pre/Early Modern Forum at Yale University, a graduate ran forum in the department of History of Art invites papers for their upcoming graduate conference: From “Fuzzy” to “Eclectic” and Everything in Between: Intercultural Encounters in the Pre-Modern World. The conference will be held at Yale on April 14–15, 2023. Application materials are due by January 2. 

The 39th Annual Boston University Graduate Symposium in the History of Art & Architecture invites submissions considering or responding to the role of adornment in constructing and communicating meaning in visual and material culture. Application materials are due by January 13.

For more job listings: please visit the BGC job board.

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Select BGC Events

Open House for Prospective Students
Sunday, November 13
11 am (In Person)
Bard Graduate Center Open Houses give prospective students the opportunity to learn much more about our MA and PhD programs. At this event, held at our building on West 86th Street, you’ll have the chance to hear from faculty about their research and teaching, meet students, and see our buildings, including our gallery. This event will be hosted by our Chair of Academic Programs, Professor Deborah Krohn, and will include faculty members Ivan Gaskell, Meredith Linn, Caspar Meyer, and Andrew Morrall. 

Justice Ginsburg and Her Lace
Wednesday, November 16
6 pm 
Join us for a lively evening of performance and conversation about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her iconic lace collars, and the performance of power and femininity, with New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman, BGC lacemaker-in-residence Elena Kanagy-Loux, and the award-winning theater ensemble Elevator Repair Service (featuring Artistic Director John Collins, costume designer Jacob A. Climer, and long-time ERS ensemble member Susie Sokol as Justice Ginsburg, with Ben Williams as Chief Justice William Rehnquist).

Making Lace: Global Networks
Friday, November 18
9:30 am–12:30 pm
Presented in conjunction with—and expanding on the European and American focus of—the exhibition Threads of Power: Lace from the Textilmuseum St. Gallen, this symposium brings together lacemakers and lace scholars to foreground historical and contemporary traditions of lacemaking from around the world, with particular emphasis on gender, labor, race, and identity. Talks will consider the variety of cultural landscapes from which lacemaking techniques and traditions emerge, the tools of the craft, and the significance of this labor-intensive textile in fashion. Speakers include Ana Andrade (Veredas), Emma Welty (Artist), Kasuni Rathnasuriya (Kur Labs LLC), and Lily Homer (Artist).

Reading The Shape of Time, 60 Years Later
November 30
6–7:30 pm
Four perspectives on the seminal text by George Kubler from BGC faculty Meredith B. Linn, François Louis, Aaron Glass, and Drew Thompson, moderated by Joshua Massey and Jeffrey L. Collins
In 1962, Yale University art historian George Kubler published The Shape of Time: Remarks on the History of Things, a book that challenged traditional notions of style and period in art history. Now, 60 years later, we bring together a historian, an anthropologist, an archaeologist, and an art historian—all members of the BGC faculty—to explore The Shape of Time across geographical and disciplinary boundaries and to rediscover the prescient insights it offers for material culture and object-oriented scholarship.

Select Virtual and In-Person Events in the World

Material Evidence: Assessing Risk in Museum Collections
Friday, November 11
11 am ET 
Mercury, arsenic, and other harmful substances were routinely included in the production processes of many 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century textiles, fashions, and accessories. The Material Evidence Virtual Symposium highlights and considers the risks posed by museum collection objects tainted with hazardous substances. Speakers include Jamie Casbon, Ann Coppinger, Anna Rose Keefe, Bri Turner, Cheryl Podsiki, Sarah Scaturro (MPhil ‘20, PhD ‘22), and Melissa A. Tedone. 

Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement to the Age of Gentrification
Monday, November 14
6 pm ET (In Person)
Please join the New School for Social Research for a lecture from Professor Mike Amezcua, who will discuss his recent book, Making Mexican Chicago: From Postwar Settlement To The Age Of Gentrification. This event is part of the Critical History Today lecture series, the themes of which build upon The New School’s commitment to developing modes of historical analysis that speak to the urgent concerns of the present and that promote rigorous engagement between history and other branches of the humanities and social sciences.

AIANY Lunch and Learn: The Architecture of Goodwill
Wednesday, November 16
12 pm ET
In this two-part Lunch & Learn workshop, AIANY members will hear from practitioners whose work serves people and communities with limited resources to commission professional design services.

History Memory: A Roundtable on Historical Memory in Ukraine
Wednesday, November 16
12 pm ET
This discussion addresses issues of historical memory through the impact of medieval objects, monuments, and narratives on modern nationalist political movements, analyses of the destruction of Ukrainian Baroque liturgical furnishings, as well as transformations of Soviet and Ukrainian narratives between 1991 and 2022.

Lunchtime Lecture: Making London Porcelain
Thursday, November 17
1 pm GMT
Join Dr Lucia Burgio, Dr Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Dr Georgia Haseldine and Dr Kelly Domoney to investigate London’s first porcelain manufacturers, Bow Porcelain Factory and Chelsea Porcelain Factory. Together with the Ashmolean Museum and London Borough of Newham, the V&A has conducted scientific analysis into these fascinating mid-eighteenth century objects and has collaborated with communities from Newham and Kensington to remake and reinterpret them.

Collaborative Rug Tufting with Jessica Campbell
Sunday, November 20
Various Times (In Person)
Kohler Art Center artist-in-residence Jessica Campbell will be in the Center’s Social STUDIO at the Arts Center to create a collaborative, rug-tufted work of art. During the four sessions, visitors ages 14 and up are invited to use a tufting gun to add to the collaborative piece. After all the sessions have been completed, Jessica will collage the collaborative works together into a final artwork that will be displayed in the Social STUDIO. All visitors are welcome to stop by to meet Jessica and watch the tufting process.


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